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Insalata Caprese II Recipe
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Insalata Caprese
Ripe tomatoes and top-quality mozzarella and olive oil make the difference. See more
  • READY IN 15 mins

Insalata Caprese II

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"Because this salad is so simple, fresh, top-quality tomatoes and mozzarella are important."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins

    15 mins


  1. On a large platter, alternate and overlap the tomato slices, mozzarella cheese slices, and basil leaves. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with sea salt and pepper.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 24, 2005

I've been making this salad for years. However, us Sicilians make it a little different. Also, another trick is to use fresh bocconcini (the smaller fresh moz. balls) and to use very fresh Roma (chopped) tomatoes or cherry/plum tomatoes. I add a lot of balsamic dressing with only a splash of olive oil (plus at least 3-4 cloves of fresh chopped garlic). Mix together and let the flavors marinate together (it tastes delicious when the balsamic vinegar and garlic flavors soak into the cheese). Just a little Sicilian twist to the caprese salad.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 01, 2010

We made this, and it was okay. It was very easy to make but didn't knock my socks off. Make sure when you make this, you have really excellent ingredients, otherwise it will come out mediocre.

Dec 19, 2004

My fiance and I ate this nearly every day when we were in Italy. The submitter isn't lying - top-quality ingredients are essential. Use tomatoes on the vine, not beefsteaks. If at all possible, use Buffalo mozzerrella, it is absolutely, UNBELIEVABLY moist and delicious and tastes nothing like the over-processed variety (if you live in the mid-Atlantic, Wegman's has it). I personally like to drizzle a little good Balsamic on at the end and sometimes sprinkle some kosher salt on top. Mmmmmmmm......

Mar 18, 2008

This is a traditional Italian favorite in our family which is at its best in summer, with juicy, flavorful, red-ripe Roma tomatoes and bright, crisp fresh basil. Simple and just plain delicious, even with nothing more than a good, crusty bread!

Mar 16, 2011

It doesn't get much better or much simpler that this - it's absolutely delicious! It's so fresh and so good I could have eaten just this for dinner with a side a crusty Italian bread. It make a beautiful presentation on a platter. A definite crowd pleaser!

Apr 29, 2006

I love this salad. I use only the freshest mozzerella and drizzle 2/1 ratio of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Jan 09, 2004

Caprese is also great on lightly toasted italian hard rolls. Simply drizzle your roll with EVOO and toast lightly. Then layer with cheese, tomatoe, fresh basil, salt, and pepper. You can also drizzle more EVOO and balsamic vinegar for a stronger taste. Try it with a twist and add a layer of sun-dried tomotoes.

Jan 20, 2004

Very good! I added sliced black olives to mine. I also added balsamic vinegar (same amount as oil). The only thing I would change is to maybe let the cheese sit in the oil, vinegar, basil mixture a little bit to soak up some of the flavor.


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  • Calories
  • 311 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 6.6 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 60 mg
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 23.9 g
  • 37%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 17.9 g
  • 36%
  • Sodium
  • 627 mg
  • 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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